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      Netanyahu Consoles US on SEALs Deaths

      As Netanyahu consoles the US after Taliban kill 30 SEALs elite soldiers, a NATO helicopter makes a ”hard landing” in Afghanistan.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 8/8/2011, 10:31 AM

      As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu consoles the United States after Taliban killed 30 army personnel inclduing SEAL elite soldiers, a NATO helicopter makes a ”hard landing” in Afghanistan.

      The Prime Minister Sunday night sent “his condolences to US President Barack Obama and to the American people over the deaths of the 30 US Armed Forces personnel who were killed in Afghanistan,” his office said.

      “The Israeli people bow their heads in memory of those who fought for freedom and against global terrorism,” Prime Minister Netanyahu told the president.

      At least 22 SEALs, three Air Force soldiers and a dog handler were among those killed when their helicopter came under fire from Taliban terrorists.

      Early Monday morning, NATO reported that one of its helicopters was forced to make a “hard landing” in eastern Afghanistan but emphasized there was no enemy fire on the craft and no enemy activity in the area. No was injured.

      Taliban attacked the American chopper on Saturday when it was on its way to help Army Rangers under attack. Besides the 30 US soldiers, seven Afghan soldiers and a civilian translator were killed.

      The deaths of the SEAL soldiers were a measure of revenge by terrorists, coming three months after the spectacular success of a SEAL unit that eliminated Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Most of the SEAL soldiers aboard the helicopter that was blown apart on Saturday had not served  on the Bin Laden mission but were from the same unit.

      President Obama has announced that he wants to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014, but the Taliban attack showed that the war on terror is far from over.